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12/21/14 2:57pm

A great news story for an Army military family in the Alexandria area.

Via Military Times

The Army family of nine gathered at the bottom of the stairs of their newly refurbished basement and looked around, eyes wide and momentarily speechless.

“That’s a first for my family,” said father Brandon, commenting on the quiet. Brandon is an Army staff sergeant; his command instructed him not to use his last name in the media.

The Alexandria, Virginia, family, was chosen to receive the donated renovations through the mid-Atlantic regional office of Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit providing emergency financial and other assistance to families of active-duty service members in the ranks of E-1 to E-6 and wounded warriors.

Home makeovers are not a core mission of Operation Homefront, but a group of home services professionals approached the regional office with the offer of the holiday donation to make a difference for a military family. Home Service Solutions Group is a collaboration of 33 licensed, insured professionals who provided services such as electrical work, dry wall and carpet installation, painting and cabinetry. All told, the retail value of the donation was about $60,000.

Read more at this link.

Video of the reveal is after the jump…


12/21/14 2:22pm
Alexandria Holiday Market in John Carlyle Square Park in Alexandria, Virginia

As our readers know, the 1st Annual Alexandria Holiday Market has been running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December through December 21st with additional weekday dates during the week of Christmas (This week people!). The market is taking place in the Carlyle District in John Carlyle Square Park, located at 300 John Carlyle Street. For more about the Holiday market, click this link.

In the spirit of giving, the inaugural European-styled outdoor market event is choosing to give back to the surrounding community by supporting two Alexandria based non-profit organizations.

The Alexandria’s Holiday Market team are requesting attendees to donate canned goods for Hunger Free Alexandria. Donations will be used to fill food gaps for Alexandrians in need. Cash donations will also be accepted on-site.

12/21/14 12:46pm

UPDATE: Vox has corrected their post to note that 1912 was the longest Winter Solstice night in Earth’s history. Still an interesting post nonetheless.

An interesting post on Vox on tonight’s Winter Solstice. Click this link to read why tonight will be the longest night in the Earth’s history ever. Well worth a couple of minutes to read.

12/21/14 9:55am

For our Sunday Brunch links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites to find the most interesting stories in the you might have missed.


12/21/14 9:35am
Holiday lights display at Yates Corner in the Rosemont/Del Ray neighborhood of Aloexandria, Virginia

OK, as our readers are well aware, I’m a sucker for a good Holiday lights display. Click on the images above and below for a larger view of this really great display of Christmas spirit at Yates Corner in the Rosemont/Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. IMHO, this is the best display by a business of the Christmas spirit in this section of Alexandria. Check out the trees above and the Christmas tree below. Well done!

Do you know of a good one we should snap a photo of? Do you have one of your own you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below.

REMINDER: Do you have a picture that depicts Alexandria, Virginia at Christmas? Be sure to join our Flickr pool then and submit your own photos!

Holiday lights display at Yates Corner in the Rosemont/Del Ray neighborhood of Aloexandria, Virginia
12/21/14 9:22am

An extraordinary home for sale with an open house TODAY in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 2050 Jamieson Avenue

This extraordinary 2 bedroom,  2 bath condominium is for sale and located at 2050 Jamieson Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the view! It has an open house TODAY from 1:00 PM top 4:00 PM. Click this link for a list of open houses around Alexandria, Virginia going on TODAY.

Via the listing

Luxurious, sun-filled corner unit, featuring walls of windows. Open floor plan with separate living and dining areas. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, ss appliances, and gas cooking. Custom pantry and master bedroom built-in wall unit. Deeded garage parking and extra storage. Private roof top terrace on same floor as condo with unobstructed city and river views. Immaculate. Move-in ready!

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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12/20/14 7:05pm

Sometime stories just write themselves. Given the amount of protests against the Police going on in the USA these days and with today’s terrible news coming out of New York, it’s good to see our first responders from the Alexandria Police Department spreading some Christmas joy in the Alexandria, Virginia community today.

Armed with donated toys from the Toys for Tots campaign and with toys bought with donated Walmart gift cards, members of APD’s COPs (Community Oriented Policing) unit took part in the department’s annual Christmas caravan as the unit delivered Christmas gifts to the less fortunate around Alexandria, Virginia today.

Here is their story from the West End of Alexandria to Del Ray.